The topic of core training has been discussed in many articles, blogs, books, webinars etc. The goal of this article is not to revisit what the smart people are saying about the core, but rather introduce a simple way into your rugby training program. First of all, let’s define between core strength & stability: Core...

If you have been following some of my articles you should know that I’m a fan of using plyometrics and jumps in my programming for rugby players.  You can read a bit more about some of my previous work here and in Part 1 of this series. In my previous article, I discussed some of the work of Lachlan Wilmot and the...

As a young trainer, one of the most confusing exercises to accurately prescribe and to progress was jumping and plyometrics. The options were endless. There was box jumps, broad jumps, bounding, lunge jumps, drop jumps, depth jumps, hops, skipping, loaded jumps, squat jumps, tuck jumps, rebound jumps and the list goes...

Recently I was contacted to take part in an old boys rugby game between Paul Roos and our old rivals from Bloemfontein, Grey College. I have not played rugby for 13 years and was very sceptical to take part in this event. I have heard way too many stories of ex-players getting badly injured in these games and even...

It’s a new year and with it always comes new ideas and plans we can use to improve our players. One of them for me is how to incorporate more focused circuit training with my players. Circuit training has become a very popular method of training over the last 10 year or so. With the popularity of Crossfit increasing,...

Part one of this series is mainly about the strength training philosophy that Ashley follows as well as touching on the programming process. In this article, I will have a look at a 3 step process that any trainer can use when developing a strength program for the weight room.   3 Step process for developing a strength...

Supplement usage for rugby players has often lead to heated debates amongst trainers, coaches, nutritionist and players. The argument spectrum range from supplements is a waste of time and money to without it you will never be big and strong. There have been many trends in the S&C world claiming to be the ultimate...

It’s always encouraging to see ex-players getting involved in the Strength & Conditioning industry. Beside having paid their due’s on the field and gym, they have learned their trade through experience first and science later. Andre Smith is one such trainer having experienced both sides of the fence. He played some...

Stephan du Toit needs no introduction to the rugby S&C community. But for those who don’t know him, he is the longest standing S&C coach in South African Super rugby with almost a decade of experience of training some of this country elite rugby players competing at the highest levels. I have known Steph for several...

2017 has definitely been a great year for me. I had the privilege of working with the first ever SA Rugby Academy in developing upcoming players, then I moved to the Stormers franchise in the middle of their Super Rugby campaign. I have also briefly worked with the SA u/18 & u/20 women’s team, be part of the champion...